Funding Alert 194 March 2020

 New Funding Opportunities in March

daffsThere are several new funding opportunities in Funding Alert this month. Some of the deadlines are tight so don’t delay. We have gathered together a sample of "this months’ offers" from Funding Alert. If you have any suggestions of how we can make Funding Alert better or an area you think we can improve, please let us know. Remember the funders are organised into categories of funding streams, a click on the categories in the topic index that will take you to the chosen section, then click on the link to see if you can apply, short application deadlines are highlighted in red so make sure you’re quick off the mark! This page shows only a few of the opportunities on offer in this month’s Funding Alert; just download it from here or sign up for a copy to be sent to your email. Don’t forget to have a look at our support pages they might help with your application. We hope you find something that supports all of the great work you are doing out in our communities.

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1.  Creative Scotland – Open Project Funding

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This fund supports artists, groups, and creative organisations based in Scotland who are looking to apply for a wide range of artistic and creative project activity. arts picThe types of activity that this fund will support include:

  • Projects that develop artistic and creative practice and skill
  • Projects creating new work of quality and creative ambition
  • Projects which present work to audiences, or are seeking to understand, develop and reach new audiences
  • Projects which encourage more people to take part in artistic and creative activity, and benefit people across the country.

You can apply for any amount between £1k and £100k – and up to £150k with prior permission. Most of the money in the budget for the Open Project Fund comes from the National Lottery.

Deadline: 31st March 2020

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A free support programme to help grow your income and impact. The Trade-Up Programme offers a 14-day learning programme over 12 months; a £4k match-up grant; with a dedicated mentor also available. This programme gives you the business and leadership skills to increase your income from trading and have more impact.People running social, environment and community projects with an income over £15,000 a yearcan apply. They encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds, as well as those from disabled communities. No educational qualifications are needed!

Deadline: 30th April 2020

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18.  Thomas Foundationchildren pic

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Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas; Children and young people with disabilities; Children and young people who are sick in hospital; Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care). Funding can be requested for one-off projects or for up to 2 years work. Applications from schools and hospitals are welcomed as long as they are made through an appropriate registered charity. Grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

Deadline: 5th May 2020 

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21.  Conservation Foundation Tool Shed Project

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climate picThe Conservation Foundation's Tool Shed project, funded by theNational Lottery Community Fund,offers schools and community gardening groups free garden tools which have been repaired in five UK prison workshops, including at HMP Edinburgh.There are no geographical restrictions for applications, but successful applicants must pick up the tools from the prison.

Applications may be submitted at any time 

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23.   Scottish Allotmentscommunity pic

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The Scottish Government has made funding available to support small community organisations facing disadvantage to improve their resilience. The Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) whose aim is to represent and support the community sector in Scotland secured this funding and Scottish Allotments have been allocated a proportion to improve resilience and address disadvantage in Scotland’s allotment sites. Good tools are essential for working an allotment but purchasing them can be a considerable investment. Scottish Allotments will therefore use the funding to purchase packages of good quality and long-lasting tools for use by allotment plot holders. Allotment sites in disadvantaged areas located in the top 20% of Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) areas are invited to apply for one of these packages. Allotment associations are invited to apply for a self-selected package of tools valued at £500. The tools must be held communally on the allotment site in a secure area where any member of the site can easily borrow, use and return them.

Deadline: 31st March 2020 

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35.   Chance to Succeed

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employment picIt supports projects that focus on employability and employment skills, helping to deliver a productive future for our young people. Projects or activities they support will work with the most vulnerable young people up to the age of 25 at a demonstrably high risk of being negatively impacted by poverty. Grants from £5,000 - £50,000 are available. Examples of projects or activities they may consider are: employability and skills training within a local community; mentoring or one to one support, building the self-confidence and skills required to enter the employment market; provision of and access to the technical equipment required to pursue employment or further education; support to young people who have already been disadvantaged through being care experienced or suffering from a disability.

Applications may be submitted at any time

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37.   Local Energy Scotland - CARES Enablement Grantenergy pic

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CARES provides grant funding to help towards start-up costs of feasibility studies, community consultation and other preparatory costs of community renewable energy projects. It could be used to look at what is feasible in your area, learn what other groups have undertaken, or develop a plan for a community benefit income stream from a local renewable energy project. These should be early stage activities without which the installations would not be able to go ahead.

Applications may be submitted at any time

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38.   SCVO - Cyber Essentials Grants

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digital picSCVO is working with the Scottish Government to help charities to improve their cyber resilience. A key step in improving cyber resilience is achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation. This small grants scheme will support charities through this process. It will help them to meet the costs of preparing for and receiving Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. Our new round of grant funding provides up to £1000 towards the cost of obtaining Cyber Essentials accreditation. This fund is available to all third sector organisations.

Deadline: 31st March 2020

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44.   Grants to Support Animal Welfare Charities 

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Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply for a grant of up to £35,000. Organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding supports general running costs or capital purchases. The Trust encourages repeat applications from charities when further financial support might be given if funds allow.

Deadline: 1st May 2020

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48.   Coop Foundation #iwill Fund

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health picApply for grants of up to £10,000 to help young people support each other during bereavement. The Coop Foundation expect to make up to five grants of up to £10,000, available for one year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding, to build on their learning and focus on sustaining their impact.

Deadline: 3rd April 2020      

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53.   AIA Restoration Grants

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Thanks to a series of generous donations the AIA can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial archaeology restoration projects. The first awards were made in 2009, and we have since been able to allocate nearly three quarters of a million pounds. Details of some of those projects can be found on the AIA web site and regular updates on progress with these projects appears in IA News, our quarterly bulletin.

From 2020 onwards the available Grants pot is divided into two categories:

  • Major projects where the maximum grant that can be awarded is £20,000. The grant from the AIA must be a significant part of the total project cost, not just a small contribution to a very large project, so that the AIA grant has real impact. The AIA would not normally fund projects where our grant represents less than 20% of the total project costs;
  • Small projects are allocated at least 20% of the available funds. The grant limit is £7,500, for which the total cost of the project, excluding the value of volunteer labour, must not exceed £10,000.

Deadline: 31st March 2020 

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59.   London Mathematical Society - Small Grants for Education

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school picGrants of up to £800 are available to stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to undergraduate level and beyond. The funding is being made available through the London Mathematical Society’s Small Grants for Education scheme and aims to enhance and enrich mathematical study beyond the curriculum; engage the public with mathematics; and encourage unusual ways of communicating mathematics.

Deadline: 30th April 2020

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64.   Baillie Gifford Grassroots Sports

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Small grants of up to £2,000 are available for groups with an income below £250,000. The criteria for the fund are as follows: sports pic

  • Improve the quality and participation in sport - all ages and abilities, all sports (excluding elite participation)
  • Widen access –  remove barriers to participation 
  • Improve sustainability (of clubs and groups)

The fund will consider applications for grants up to £2,000 for the following:                                                                                          

  • Purchasing sports equipment
  • Coaching and coaching development costs
  • Facilities hire
  • Encourage the inclusion of minority groups and those facing barriers to entry

Deadline: 25th May 2020

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67.   Print Futures Awards for Prospective Young Publishers

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The Print Future Awards help young people to fund costs associated with a relevant training course in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. The scheme is supported through funding from the Printing Charity and a range of partners. The programme is aimed at young people in the UK between the ages of 18 and 30. They may be wishing to train for a job in printing, publishing or the graphic arts, or they could be currently working in these industries and would like the opportunity to develop their skills. They may also be apprentices or otherwise studying in print related organisations and requiring financial assistance. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to contribute towards any costs associated with undertaking a relevant training course in printing, publishing, packaging or graphic arts. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in London in early the spring.

Deadline:  26th April 2020

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